BIRMINGHAM, AL – Born in the Philippines, raised in New York, educated in California and now entertaining Birmingham is one of the hottest – and perhaps smartest – musicians rising out of the Magic City’s growing music scene. Raquel Lily is a scientist – a neurobiologist, specifically – who found that in addition to offering a lively medical research industry, Birmingham also is a pretty great place to be a musician these days. In a short time, Lily has built a buzz beyond just Birmingham, and many of those who follow the local music scene mention her as one of those Birmingham gems that is poised to explode onto the national and international scene.